The vibes are supreme.
A new short film by filmmaker Myles O’Reilly takes viewers on a captivating cinematic journey into the heart and soul of Cork City through the lens of music and culture.
Filmed over the course of 2021’s festival, A City Under Quiet Lights was shot, and directed, by O’Reilly, and is now available to stream on YouTube.
It captures spine-tingling intimate, one-song performances by the artists set against the backdrop of cherished Cork landmarks: the Shandon Bells, Crawford Art Gallery, Coughlan’s bar, The Everyman Theatre, the historic Triskel Christchurch, and the picturesque banks of the Lee under the Shaky Bridge.
“There was a noticeable sense of joy in the city,” said Myles of the shoot.
“It was the first winter out of Pandemic restrictions, and the air was thick with a palpable celebratory feeling. A renewed vigour, bustle, and excitement. A sparkle like no other year. Cork was a city rejoicing in a return to glorious normality.
“Buskers on every corner, families out walking and shopping together, taking selfies beside the giant Santa, stopping for a spiced beef sambo or cheese and onion potato pie, everywhere Corkonians were making the most of their freedom. Getting on famously with enjoying themselves.
“The music and songs I filmed helped capture that feeling in a bottle.”
We recommend grabbing a coffee and settling down for what might be the loveliest 27 minutes of your day:
A City Under Quiet Lights premiered at The Everyman for 2022’s Cork International Film Festival and screened again as part of a one-on-one installation during last month’s Sounds from a Safe Harbour festival.
Finding its way to the digital realm, this release paves the way for the reveal of another, as of yet unseen, Myles O’Reilly x Quiet Lights film coming soon.